Managing Director
Y&R PR

Courtney Walker is Managing Director of Y&R PR, an integrated communications agency that partners with clients on challenging communications initiatives from digital and integrated marketing, content development, traditional and social media to advocacy relations, public affairs, and crisis communications.

With over two decades of public relations and communications industry experience, Courtney is an expert at working closely with her clients to unearth and articulate their value proposition and disseminate their messages.

She has served as a juror for the industry’s top award competitions including the MM&M Awards, PRWeek/Campaign Brand Film, SABRE, and PRSA Silver and Bronze Anvil Awards, judging work from disease awareness campaigns and digital innovation to corporate reputation and crisis management categories.

Courtney received her Bachelors in English from The Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Portland.

Judging panel

Juliet Simpson

Founder & CEO
Stripe Communications

Courtney Walker

Managing Director
Y&R PR

Rebecca Blinston-Jones

Managing Director
MWWPR

Maggie Mitchell

Vice President of Corporate Communications for Advertising & Partnerships
NBCUniversal

Simon Tunstill

Communications Director
Thinkbox

Jason Teitler

SVP, Global Communications and Brand Lead
Special Olympics International

John Wolfe

PR & Communications
Consultant

Nina Joyce

PR Director, Europe
Refinery29

Michelle Lavipour

Global Head of Brand Communications
Diageo

Jackie Kahn

Head of Marketing and Communications
Oscar Health

Sheelagh Doyle

Communications
Snap

Mark Borkowski

Founder
Borkowski

Angela Lee

PR Lead
Funko, EMEA

Olga de Giovanni

Global PR and Communications Manager
Ebiquity plc

Zsofi Somlai

Head of PR
Moonpig

Jane Austin

Founder
Persuasion Communications

Alec Samways

CEO & Head of Creative Strategy
Splendid Communications

James Gordon-MacIntosh

Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Hope&Glory

Rupert Smith

Director of Communications
Newsworks